Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke. Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.
Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to young children. Secondhand smoke is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, resulting in between 7,500 and 15,000 hospitalizations each year, and causes 1,900 to 2,700 sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths in the United States annually.
Secondhand smoke can also aggravate symptoms in 400,000 to 1,000,000 children with asthma.
New research indicates that private research conducted by cigarette company Philip Morris in the 1980s showed that secondhand smoke was highly toxic, yet the company suppressed the finding during the next two decades.
Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet
Secondhand smoke is classified as a "known human carcinogen" (cancer-causing agent) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization.
Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds. More than 60 of these are known or suspected to cause cancer.
Pregnant women exposed to ETS are also at increased risk of having low birth weight babies.
American Cancer Society
Originally posted by Inannamute
What most people don't seem to pay attention to is the fact that in general, a lot of the anti-smoking legislation is for those of us non-smokers who work in an environment such as a bar or restaurant.
Oh yes, we all have the right to 'choose' to work in a non-smoking environment.. that's if you can find a job in one..
Complaining customers generally doesn't do anything. It doesn't change policy, it just gets you moved around the restaurant, or occasionally some freebie or whatever..
The company still does what they wish to.
Originally posted by dawnstar
The shop that I am working at now flock much of their work....if you don't know what flock is, it's little tiny fibers of some kind of cloth material...real tiny fibers....the stuff gets in your hair, in your eyes, ears, nose, and I am certain it also gets into your lungs...
many, many occupations involve working with substances 100 times more dangerous than second hand smoke...if you want something printed, you're asking someone to play with some dangerous chemicals, if you want something machined out of a hunk of metal, you're asking someone to expose themselves to lead or some other heavy metal. society is asking many of it's members to damage themselves daily to provide you with all the neat little toys, tools and gadgets that you enjoy!!! I have two questions....
Originally posted by zerotime
They ban smoking in Columbus OH and there are many more people at clubs and bars now. Smokers are a dying breed. I voted for the ban and I love it. No more smelling like a dirty ash tray or having to breath rotten smoke just because I wanted to go out for the night. The ban is working great. The vast majority of people I know are very happy with it. Our city overwhelmingly voted for it. 70% to 30%.
[edit on 3-5-2007 by zerotime]
Originally posted by Infoholic
I live in SW Kansas. There was recently a smoking ban in a town 30 miles east of where I live, of which I frequent that town quite often. I opposed their smoking ban (not in businesses nor within 50ft of entrances) due to the fact that "personal business owners" have lost a right to run their establishment how they see fit, regardless if they smoke or not.
Originally posted by dawnstar
the respirators they provide, will not protect against the rayon fibers....is says so on the packaging, but nice try....
not to mention the fact that no matter how hard you try, you're gonna carry the crap with ya, and it's gonna be floating around you till you shower it off and ditch the clothes in a sealed container.. the inside of my car is covered with it. can't wear a respirator all the time.
read up on the damage the kodak plant in rochester does to the surrounding area's residents, as well as their employees...surprisingly enough, they were the first ones to get an exemption from the smoking ban from the state....
they probably didn't want to risk some smoker blowing the place up by throwing their cig in the wrong direction. I mean, they had designated smoking rooms throughout the plant, the only place that people could smoke, couldn't even smoke outside......nicely controlled...and the state thought they were gonna let them loose.
Originally posted by RWPBR
I think all of us smokers should stop just to put the burden of the taxes we pay on all the whiners.
Originally posted by niteboy82
And for all those that are for this law, would you please stop driving your cars, you're polluting my air/lungs.
Originally posted by scooler1
but here in IL 8 people die every day from second-hand smoke related illnesses.
Why should the non-smoker be the one to have to go to another place because we choose not to pollute our bodies with something that is clearly unhealthy?
Originally posted by shrunkensimon
"Smoking causes cancer" is such a bold statement, considering there is actually no direct link proven between smoking and causing cancer. Sure, it may make you more prone to getting cancer, but i've yet to see definitive evidence showing that it actually causes the cancer..
I would be more worried about diesel fumes from lorries giving me cancer than cigarette smoke..
Benzene (petrol additive)
A colourless cyclic hydrocarbon obtained from coal and petroleum, used as a solvent in fuel and in chemical manufacture - and contained in cigarette smoke. It is a known carcinogen and is associated with leukaemia.
Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
A colourless liquid, highly poisonous, used to preserve dead bodies - also found in cigarette smoke. Known to cause cancer, respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal problems.
Ammonia (toilet cleaner)
Used as a flavouring, frees nicotine from tobacco turning it into a gas, found in dry cleaning fluids.
Acetone (nail polish remover)
Fragrant volatile liquid ketone, used as a solvent, for example, nail polish remover - found in cigarette smoke.
Particulate matter drawn into lungs when you inhale on a lighted cigarette. Once inhaled, smoke condenses and about 70 per cent of the tar in the smoke is deposited in the smoker's lungs.
Nicotine (insecticide/addictive drug)
One of the most addictive substances known to man, a powerful and fast-acting medical and non-medical poison. This is the chemical which causes addiction.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) (car exhaust fumes)
An odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas, rapidly fatal in large amounts - it's the same gas that comes out of car exhausts and is the main gas in cigarette smoke, formed when the cigarette is lit. Others you may recognize are :
Arsenic (rat poison), Hydrogen Cyanide (gas chamber poison)
source: Health Education Authority (UK) - Lifesaver